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Archbishop Jean Zerbo, 73, of Bamako Mali to be elevated to Cardinal in Pope Francis’s fourth consistory

Pope Francis will on June 28 elevate five Roman Catholic prelates from outside Italy and the Vatican to the rank of Cardinal. Among those to be elevated to Cardinal is Archbishop Jean Zerbo, 73, of Bamako, Mali a significant move. Africa represents about 12.6% of global Catholic population. 90% of Malians are Muslim, and about 5% are Christian of which about two-thirds are Roman Catholic.

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Google and partners commit $100 million to African broadband project

Google in partnership with Convergence Partners, International Finance Corporation, and Mitsui have committed $100 million to invest in Africa broadband project called CSquared, a wholesale broadband infrastructure company in Africa. The partnership will support the underlying internet infrastructure in Africa which, in turn, opens up new markets for Google’s own online services in Africa.

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Men are Trash vs Not all men

On the 29th of April Sandile Mantsoe is alleged to have killed his 22-year-old girlfriend Karabo Mokoena, before setting alight and dumping her body in a veld in Lyndhurst, Johannesburg, South Africa. Karabo’s death has sparked a social media outcry with the hashtag #MenAreTrash. The online conversation has given a platform for women to share personal and secondary accounts of emotional, physical and sexual abuse at the hands of men.

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Cartoon: African presidents and foreign medical trips

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari (74) recently returned to the U.K. for medical treatment, his fourth visit to the U.K. for treatment since his election in 2015. In the same week Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (93), flew to Singapore for a “routine medical check-up”. Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos (74) has reportedly also been undergoing medical treatment in Spain. These cases have stirred debate around medical tourism. Health care systems in many African countries are inadequately funded. There are arguments that our African presidents need to lead by example, and ensure that healthcare systems in their countries improve to match or surpass the foreign countries they so much love to visit.

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South Africa: President Jacob Zuma endorses ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma for ANC leadership

The embattled South African President Jacob Zuma who has been implicated in a series of corruption scandals, has endorsed ex-wife and former African Union Commission (AU) Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as the next leader of the ruling party the African National Congress (ANC). The endorsement has been sharply criticized and the battle lines over Zuma’s successor have been clearly drawn.

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2017 Caine Prize Shortlist announced

The Caine Prize for African Writing, currently in its 18th year, released the 2017 shortlist. This year’s shortlist seems to have taken a cue from the 2015 debate over inclusivity and includes a few relatively unknown names. The list includes three Nigerian writers, a South African and a Sudanese.

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Today is World Telecommunications and Information Society Day

Today is World Telecommunications and Information Society Day. Communication has always been an integral part of our continent. Think talking drums, town criers, drawings in caves across Southern Africa, and the hieroglyphics of the ancient Egyptians. The emergence of new communication technologies has changed the face of communication in the continent. The theme for 2017 is “Big Data for Big Impact”. How easy or affordable is it to communicate with your loved ones in your country?